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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro by Ryan Malhoski, Amy Rock

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Working with point features

When labeling point features, it is important to place the label in a position that makes it clear which point it belongs to, especially in areas of dense labels. The following figure shows the preferred order of placement for point features, with an example of each. The preferred placement is right and slightly over (position 1), so that the baseline of the text is aligned with the top of the point feature. Right and slightly under (position 2) is also easily interpreted by the reader. Continue through the positions in order, but if it comes to placement in position 7 or position 8, you may want to see if you can move other labels to make room. As you can see in the example, 7 and 8 can lead to clarity issues, ...

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